Affordable Housing 2021 seed funding round now open

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Grants of A$15 000 are available to support new collaborative projects relating to affordable housing.

About the funds

Funds will be awarded from a pool of A$65 000. We aim to fund projects that generate new knowledge, insights, teams, impact and ideas relating to affordable housing. We encourage cross-faculty collaboration and projects that connect with industry, government and not-for-profit partners.

Funds of up to A$15 000 may be allocated per research project. For full guidelines, information on funding streams, eligibility and assessment criteria download the Affordable Housing 2021 seed fund guidelines (DOC)

Seed funding information events

This round of seed funding is supported by a series of events designed to develop a shared vision of housing research priorities and to create new partnerships.

Seed funding information session

May 19 2021, 6pm – 7pm

This online information session explained the purpose of the 2021 seed funding round and answered questions from participants.Watch the recording below.

The Burning Questions and Big Ideas of Affordable Housing

June 1 2021, 4pm – 7pm

This in-person 'speed dialogue' session includes a range of special guests from academia, industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. Come along to meet new collaborators, share your interests and hep shape the Hallmark's research priorities.

Insights from the event

Read speaker insights from eight leading thinkers in the affordable housing sector. Browse some of the key questions, topics and themes raised by event participants - from academia and industry to government and not-for-profit sectors.


Download the report


The research proposal open space

June 25 2021, 8am – 11am

The HRIAH is hosting an open space session that builds on the key themes identified by participants in the 'Burning Questions' speed dialogue session. We hope to bring together new ideas, new partnerships and new commitments to affordable housing delivery and research.


More info and register

Watch: Seed funding information session and Q&A

Learn about the 2021 seed funding round, how to apply, funding available, eligibility, and criteria. See examples of past successful seed funded projects. We also answer questions on topics including:

  • can projects occur outside Australia?
  • is there support for IP application for research outcomes?
  • should we include potential external partners in the application?

Presented by Dr Kate Raynor, Convenor, Hallmark Research Initiative for Affordable Housing and Professor Alan Pert, Chair, Hallmark Research Initiative for Affordable Housing.

Affordable Housing Seed Funding 2021 - Funding Announcement and Q&A

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for funding, you will be asked to submit an application with a fully costed budget, extended project description and 1-page CVs of each investigator.

For more information download the Affordable Housing 2021 seed fund guidelines (DOC) and Affordable Housing 2021 seed fund project proposal template (DOC)

Key dates

Full applications due 12 July 2021.

Pitch panels, 20 July 2021, 9am – 12pm

Applicants will be invited to pitch their projects to the HRIAH steering committee, fellow applicants, and others that have taken part in the earlier events. Funding will be distributed to successful applicants based on an attendee voting process, with final funding distribution sign-off by the HRIAH Steering Committee.

If you'd like to get involved with the initiative or if you have a general enquiry, contact Project Coordinator, Theo Blankley at affordable-housing@unimelb.edu.au